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Brent Kirby & Ray Flanagan Perform At The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Brent Kirby and Ray Flanagan performed as a duo for a part of the Rock Hall's 2021 Induction Celebrations. The two performed in the Rock Hall's interactive display "The Garage", which features instruments that visitors can put their hands on and play. The ROCK x CPL event was hosted in partnership with The Cleveland Public Library and is powered by PNC Bank. The virtual event featured music performances from Cleveland musicians, Brent Kirby and Ray Flanagan, music education activities curated by the Rock Hall’s award-winning Education team, activities and stories with the Cleveland Public Library, and an instrument show and tell from Keep Music Alive

Brent and Ray played Brent's songs "I Am Soul", and a brand new tune "The Good Ones". In addition, they partnered on Ray's songs "Only Thing It Takes", "Over The Hill", and "Stupid Sound". Engineer Jim Stewart was there to capture the audio.

Follow the link for the full video

Brent Kirby “I Am Soul”

Brent Kirby “The Good Ones”

Ray Flanagan “Only Thing It Takes”

Ray Flanagan “Over The Hill”

Ray Flanagan “ Stupid Sound”


Forest City Brewery Residency Continues with

The Sunday Classic and The New Soft Shoe

The Atlantic Beer Garden is open for spring and ready for music! Starting in May and continuing through 2021, The Sunday Classic, featuring Brent and his friends Ray and Russ Flanagan, Al Moss, and Ed Sotelo will get together on the 4th Sunday of the month from 3pm-6pm to play original songs and off the beaten path covers. Come and join them for a relaxing Sunday of backyard party music.

Continuing the 10 plus year tradition, The New Soft Shoe will start their residency from 7pm-10pm in the Atlantic Beer Garden on May 13th, and continue on the 2nd Thursday going forward. Best get your seat early for this one. All Gram All Night!

Please visit Forest City Brewery at for details on seating, distancing, and Covid expectations.

In Brent Kirby, a lot of hope, faith, truth and music is traversed.
A true believer.
-Holly Gleason, No Depression

Brent Kirby To Perform At Wonderstruck In Cleveland

On Saturday, July 24th, Brent Kirby will be performing at the very first Wonderstruck in Cleveland at Lakeland Community College campus in Kirtland. The festival is in it's first year, but really is a continuation of the hugely successful Laurelive Festivals held in previous years produced the Elevation Group.

Get your tickets now, as this line up is off the hook! This is LIVE music IN PERSON!

Tickets ON SALE this Friday, April 9 – 10AM ET at


"When The Lights Come On Again" song and video released to benefit Cleveland Rocks, Past, Present and Future

On Friday, Feb. 12th, 2021, the song and accompanying video for "When The Lights Come On Again" was released. It completes a long journey for co-collaborators Brent Kirby and Ariel Karas (Opus 216). The idea was hatched in April of 2020 with the purpose of directing fundraising for the Cleveland music scene and venues, with the active non-profit Cleveland Rocks, Past Present and Future the recipient. Led by Kirby and Karas, the song was written collaboratively over email by 18 songwriters and musicians, who all wrote and videoed their unique parts for the song, which were then put together cohesively by Kirby and studio engineer Jim Stewart. The completed song was mastered by Adam Boose of Cauliflower Audio, and the video edited by Goldfarb Weber Creative Media.

The goal was to create a fundraising tool for Cleveland Rocks, Past, Present & Future, and to spotlight Cleveland's diverse music scene, culture and independent music venues.

For more information and to donate to the cause, please visit

"When the Lights Come On Again" Due for release in February

Brent Kirby joins forces with Opus 216's Ariel Karas and many of Northeast Ohio's best musicians and songwriters to create a collaborative original song called "When The Lights Come On Again". The song and accompanying video shine a spotlight on our venues, musicians and supporters, with the intention of raising money for the non-profit Cleveland Rocks, Past, Present and Future. Look for the release in February! In the meantime, learn about the process at the following link:


Check Calendar for Up To Date BK Shows

Despite many shows being cancelled, there are still some socially distanced outdoor/patio shows that are still happening. Please check the calendar for the updated dates.


Interested In A Private Show With Brent Kirby?

In the current state, outside private backyard music shows are all the rage. You invite who you want, explain the distancing and precaution expectations with them, have Brent come out to entertain you with his songs and stories. These show are much more intimate, more of a conversation than a formal show. These are the situations where special moments happen.

If you are interested in having Brent Kirby perform at your home for a private concert, now is the time. We are able to help with the planning, including the safe distance from the musicians, and how to correctly encourage your friends and family to be safe and have an enjoyable affair.

Please email at or call or text 216-832-6586

“Cleveland's Best Singer 2013"
"Best Male Vocal 2013"
"Cleveland's Best Musician 2012"

As Voted by the readers and Staff of the Cleveland Scene